Lovers of parity, believers in the East Coast bias and haters of the rich and powerful enjoyed a splendid first weekend of baseball.
It last happened in 1966, according to STATS LLC, at the start of Roger Maris’ final season with the Yankees. This was before Billy Martin managed a game in the major leagues, before Carlton Fisk put on a Red Sox uniform, more than a decade before the Bucky Dent Game.
Fortunately, both fan bases are known for their patience and understanding. Surely, every television set in Boston and New York clicked off quietly Sunday. Disappointment yielded to perspective. “Ah well,” the faithful said. “We’ll get ‘em tomorrow.”